Do you know you have one life to live and every other thing that temporarily makes you tick has the side effect to make you tired, worn out and burn out in despair today or tomorrow? The life here and tomorrow is guaranteed 110% with glory in Christ Jesus for all who will place their trust in Him. You want to bear fruit that really can last through the inevitables of this side of the cross? Check this;
John 10:10 (HCSB) A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
How can a poor tree bear good fruit? Only by grafting… We cannot tell how God has done his work in us, but it is done. We can do nothing and need do nothing to bring it about, for by the resurrection God has already done it. God has done everything. There is only one fruitful life in the world (Christ) and that has been grafted into millions of other lives. – Watchman Nee
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) 28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
The yoke of a religion which places the burden on man is not just heavy but it will rather kill your Christian adrenaline halfway through the journey. I dare you to pause for a reflection before you detour on your way to where your name is written upon. Your part of the bargain is to drop from your neck the foundational belief system which says do, do, do, do, try hard and pick the yoke of Christ which is not ill-fitting but empowering to bear much fruit through Him.
I love grace, to be honest with you I am addicted to grace. Not grace as a doctrine but grace as a person of Christ. When Paul said this to the Colossians, he was drawing a line between the shadow of death-dealing religion, and the authentic substance of a life-giving Savior. Religion says it’s about you, but the gospel of grace declares it’s all about him. Religion says “Do, do, do,” but the good news declares “It’s done, done, done!” (E2R)
Truly, truly, we have no power of our own to be able to overcome the devices of the enemy. This bankrupt attitude of pride we have borrowed from the falling world to always want to approach life situations on our own ability is not a match against Satan and his cohorts.
This sort of fallen attitude has created cult heroes who are worshiped in public squares and are seriously beat down with emptiness in their trump apartments in NY and LA and major Cities and later fade away like a shooting star without any trace. Satan is not afraid of our self motivation mantras and jargons; he is incapable to withstand the weakest army loaded with the power of the Holy Ghost, with Christ Jesus as the head of his daily affairs. It feels like jumping from the George Washington Bridge – this is awesome! I got life in Him!! Got life, my friend? (See John 3:15-16, John 10:10 for answers)
Zechariah 4:6-7 (NKJV) 6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”
Grace is written in bold letters at the entrance of life and like graffiti on the hallways of life to escort you to your destination. Grace is neither a feeling nor an end goal. Grace is Christ! Grace is the life, the empowerment, the wisdom and all you will need to come to the end of the journey with a shout of grace, grace, grace did brought me this far.
Come to the end of self and stop trying by surrendering everything to the Zoë life to experience the glories of God in its entirety.